in many forms - narrative, exploratory, expository, and argumentative - on many different subjects from
personal experiences to public policies, from imaginative literature to popular culture. Offered by invitation
only to juniors who display special ability in English. Equivalent to a first year college course, students taking
this course will be prepared to take the College Board's Advanced Placement test in Language and
Composition. Students may receive college credit or advanced standing depending upon their test scores and
individual college policy. *Offered as BCC Cap Course.
Focuses on British Literature: short stories, poems, plays, essays, and novels, stressing all the language skills in
reading and writing as well as critical thinking and listening. Periods studied range from the Anglo-Saxons to
the 21st Century. The work in this course will involve lecture, composition, research, oral presentations,
Offered by invitation only to seniors who display special ability in English. Equivalent to a first year college
English course, students taking this course will be prepared to take the College Board's Advanced Placement
Test in Literature and Composition. Students may receive college credit or advanced standing depending upon
their test scores and individual college policy. *Offered as BCC Cap Course.
Focuses on World Literature and builds on language skills previously developed. Emphasis is on literature as a
reflection of the culture that produced it. This course continues to stress writing, critical thinking, and
Emphasis is on remediation of weaknesses in reading, writing, and vocabulary development. At all levels,
students will develop and learn to apply skills to "real life" situations. Available through the Child Study Team
Designed to teach students to develop their ability to see art, listen to music, and read literature. In addition to
developing criteria for aesthetic judgment, the course emphasizes evaluation of the historic, social, and
philosophical significance of ideas, institutions, and works of human expression. The course will demonstrate
the evolution of crucial themes and ideas and relate them to current issues and attitudes. Students will develop
skills necessary for communication of ideas to others. Humanities Seminar is a Level 2 academic elective
without prerequisite. It will be team taught by a teacher from the English Department and a teacher from the
Designed for students in need of individualized or small group instruction in study skills. Areas of study
include note-taking, outlining, test taking skills, organization, listening skills, following directions, and use of
technology to complete research. Students will begin self-advocacy portfolios to provide insight and reflection
about their learning styles and personality traits. These students will also receive support in their academic
classes. Available through the Child Study Team.
Focuses on self-advocacy, communication and appropriate social interaction. Continuation of advanced study
skills as well as HSPA English and math preparation. Students will explore post-secondary interests and
continue to expand upon their self-advocacy portfolios. These students will also receive support in their
academic classes. Available through the Child Study Team.
Includes career exploration and post-secondary preparation, civic duties, life skills, and HSPA and SAT prep,
when appropriate. Emphasis will be placed on making the transition from high school meaningful and
successful. These students will also receive support for their academic classes. Available through the Child
Designed for students in need of individual, small group, and direct instruction in the area of reading. Individualized
instructional approaches are utilized based on the identified needs of the students. Available through the Child
SEMESTERIZED ENGLISH COURSES
Celebrating Diversity ACC
Focuses on the belief that all people have inherent qualities that can be used to make positive contributions to society.
Emphasis will be placed on learning and understanding the importance of tolerance and respect for people regardless
of culture, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, body image, or disability. Students will read
various genres of literature, watch media presentations, participate in class discussions, and complete projects.
Creative Drama ACC
Creative Drama focuses on three aspects of theatre - technique, communication, and cultural context. Students will
examine movement, expression, characterization, and staging. They will read a number of plays from different time
periods and cultures, and they will participate in pantomime, monologues, and scene writing, performance and
Creative Writing ACC
Designed for students who like to write and wish to learn more about how to express themselves imaginatively in the
short story, the poem, and the one-act play. In addition to the study of particular literary devices and techniques, there
is much reading and keeping of personal journals as sources of ideas. Students are encouraged to submit their work in
contests and in publications. A command of basic writing skills is necessary.
Discussion and Debate ACC
Utilizes current issues as a vehicle for the exchange of ideas, attitudes, and beliefs. Discussion of issues is based on
logical thinking, research, and proofs. Critical thinking and listening are stressed. In formal debate, students learn to
persuade others to their point of view through evidence, argument, and appeal. Students are taught to weigh evidence,
use logical judgment, and arrive at unbiased conclusions.
Introduction to College Writing ACC
Prepares the student for the college-level composition requirement. Each student will create a number of paragraphs
and essays of various types based on personally selected and teacher selected topics. Oral presentations may be
required. Students in this course must be interested in improving their writing ability.
This course is currently underrevision.Upon Board approvalthe description ofthe course will bemodified to align
with the revised curriculumand currentNew Jersey Core and Common Core Standards.
Journalistic Writing ACC
Shows how to locate and write news stories. Different kinds of news articles, styles, and newspaper formats are
studied. Students read and critically evaluate stories in newspapers. Much class time is used to write news, editorials
This course is currently under revision.Upon Board approval the description of the course will be modified to align
with the revised curriculum and current New Jersey Core and Common Core Standards.
Literature of the Holocaust ACC
Educates students about the period of time called the Holocaust from 1933 to 1945. Students will get an overview of
the time period and will read personal accounts in a variety of genre. Fiction as well as non-fiction will be included.
Students will also work on projects, see videos, participate in class discussions, and write essays and reports.
Emphasis will be placed on learning to accept others and tolerance of different cultures in order to eliminate future
Mass Media ACC
Probes the nature of communication: why people need to communicate and how they do it. Students examine
newspapers, magazines, radio, television programs, and film to assess the media's influence on daily lives. They
investigate techniques used to sway individual decisions, and also evaluate how public and individual opinions are
Musical Theater ACC
Explores the purposes and creators of musicals. The course involves many individual readings, written research, and
possible field trips. Students may write and perform in their own musicals. Form as an indicator of social changes is
studied. Musicals ranging from the past to the present are analyzed in regard to type, intent, and structure.
Concentrates on various world mythologies demonstrating universal archetypes and themes. These themes are
reviewed and discussed through various readings as well as writing and speaking assignments. Works will include
worldwide multi-cultural myths as well as classical mythologies.
Includes many forms of poetry: narrative, descriptive, sonnet, ode, limerick, riddle, etc. Students interpret poems
orally and in writing. The writing of original poems may be required.
Public Speaking ACC
Helps students acquire confidence and poise before an audience. Emphasis is on organization, structure,
research, and delivery of speeches. Techniques for effective speaking are stressed. Students are encouraged to
develop original thoughts into effective public messages.
SAT Prep ACC
Prepares students for the verbal and math sections of the SAT. Nine weeks will be spent on verbal and nine
weeks on math. The critical reading, writing, vocabulary, and logical reasoning skills needed on the SAT will
be addressed. Specific test-taking strategies for the SAT will also be presented. Completing this course is in no
way a guarantee of desired results on the SAT. Open to second semester sophomores, all juniors, and first
semester seniors. Credits will not count toward English or Math requirements for graduation. Students will be
graded on a pass/fail basis. Students will complete a portfolio of practice tests, work samples, and skill sets
which will be assessed by the instructor using a pre-established rubric. This is a pass/fail course.
Science Fiction ACC
Focuses on fiction based on some imagined development of science or some "fantastical" idea. The course
includes readings about the future and the effects of technology in terms of their social and psychological
possibilities. Science fiction provides a forum for discussion (verbal and written) of social problems,
ecological concerns, overpopulation, mind manipulation, biological engineering, etc.
Science Fiction CP
As above with greater emphasis on the basic skills.
Seminar in Ideas ACC
This course gives students the opportunity to discuss, argue and evaluate issues in philosophy, culture, religion,
psychology, and education, in literature, film, and other media. Topics frequently studied include war, animal
rights, and the role and value of art in society.
Why is Shakespeare the world's most popular playwright? This course attempts to answer that question by
reading, discussing, and writing about his plays: their themes, conflicts, and characters. Background reading
and written critical analyses are required. Research and films are used to get the "feel" of Shakespeare.
Sports Literature CP
Continues to build English skills by using stories about athletic competition and sports figures. Reading
selections will include short stories, newspaper and magazine articles, and biography.
Strategies for Success in High School and Life ACC, CP
Offered to freshmen and sophomores only, this course is designed to foster appreciation for cultural diversity
and individualism as well as to teach study skills at an early stage to be applied throughout high school and
higher learning. Taught by English and history departments. Credits will not count toward English or history
requirements for graduation.
Vocabulary Enrichment ACC
Suited for serious college-bound juniors and seniors who seek to improve their reading comprehension and
writing skills through word study. Special emphasis is placed on word origin, research, and the application of
new vocabulary while reading both fiction and non-fiction. Supplemental readings are integral to the course.
Women in Literature ACC
Examines writing by and about women. Selections are taken from British and American literature and
represent all genre. A variety of critical approaches will be used. Students will be expected to respond both
orally and in writing to the reading selections assigned.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
The three year program of study presented by the Lenape District is designed to meet the needs of all students
whose first language is not English and who qualify as limited English proficient according to state guidelines.
An introduction to the phonetic and grammatical construction of the English language. All activities are
centered around improving listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills. Emphasis is on students becoming
communicative and able to function in everyday situations. If it is determined that the student needs two
periods of English a day, 10 credits can be obtained by taking ESL I as a high intensity course.
Builds on knowledge acquired either in ESL I or background experience. Techniques will be practiced to
improve reading comprehension, speaking skills through directed conversation, listening skills through audio
materials, and writing short paragraphs.
Advanced ESL addresses the needs of those students who are competent enough in English to excel at high
content level courses but have not passed state guidelines to be exited from ESL. Much emphasis is placed on
writing and some literature is read. Final exiting from the program will be individually based using tools
recommended by state requirements.